Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No obvious "bottled on" date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
Thought I'd revisit this one, since it had been five years since I last tasted this beer (and also five years since I'd last seen it). I must have gotten an old bottle previously, or the recipe changed substantially, as Bell's Consecrator is now a tasty double bock, right up there with some of the better German imports.
Pours a light tan to dirty white head of smallish bubbles, declining to a thin ring around the glass and faint islands of foam in the middle. Leaves very little lacing. Amber-red-brown in color, dark, almost opaque, but still transparent. No visible carbonation.
Scents of dried brown figs that meet caramel malts, baked brown bread, raisins, and dates. Very smooth, generally delectable.
Taste features sweet waves of dried fruit (raisins, dates, figs) first, then hits heavy with barley malt and dark bread flavors. At times, a bit hot (ethanol) in he back, which is kind of disappointing that this shows through with such a big malt presence. Aftertaste of malt sweetness tempered with some actual hop bitterness.
Generally smooth mouthfeel with medium to medium-heavy body. Finish is dry from use of hops and slight stickiness.
Good, on par with some of the better imports. A 6% version would be amazing.
Picked this one up via a trade with jpm30. Prosit!
Pours a one-and-a-half head that quickly falls to a thin ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass; lacing is nonexistent. The body is a murky, reddish-brown color with visible, slowly percolating carbonation.
The scent is rather bland, mostly consisting of tepid malt sweetness and hints of cut, ripe apples. Taste is similar, but more complex, consisting of caramel malt, syrup, toffee, some nuttiness, faint hints of alcohol, and a bit of oddly-placed popcorn essence. The aftertaste is biscuity and slightly bitter.
The palate experiences this beer as medium to full bodied with a more active than average level of carbonation, appropriate for the thickness. Finish is dry. With the higher alcohol content, this beer is personally only drinkable one at a time. An average doppelbock, somewhat disappointing in its presentation and olfactory qualities, with only minor improvements in taste; not sure if aging would offer any improvements.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2006 03:19:08 | More by falloutsnow
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3.96/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle into tulip
Appearance - Dark amber, mahogany, about 1/2 finger off white head.
Smell - Malt, bread/biscuit, dried prunes, not getting really any alcohol.
Taste - The beginning flavor has lots of malt, doughy bread or biscuit like flavor, but there is also an underlying fruitiness very close to dried prunes and just ever so subtle fig. The end flavor is closely resembles the bread like character from the start and yeast.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Smooth.
Overall - Good beer. In my opinion this beer defintely doesn't drink like an 8abv. Very smooth, very crisp and refreshing. Try one.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 02:00:49 | More by Flopjack
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
FIrst off, let me say I typed in a long review and hit the delete or back key by accident. (I'm drinking doppelbocks - give me a break.)
So, this could be classified as an American doppelbock. Meaning hops and bitterness. My understanding of the style is malt and sweetness. Right now I am tasting a Spaten doppelbock next to Consecrator. Not too close. As mentioned before, hops and bitterness in the Consecrator. Spaten is more malt and sweetness. And Spaten is not, imho, as good as Ayinger doppelbock - talk about malt!
In summary, Bells is still one of the best breweries out there. And Larry Bell is one of the outstanding craft brewing advocates. Consecrator is a good American interpretation of doppelbock. But some things should not be interpreted.
Larry, if you read this, my review has nothing to do with the fact that my wife's favorite beer is Bell's Two Hearted! Thanks for all YOU do. "Stay Two Hearted" - your autograph to my wife.
Serving type: on-tap
03-12-2014 21:55:58 | More by beer_antagonist
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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